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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Give Us A Break founder inspires national judges

A WOMAN fundraising for a £1 million centre for disabled children has been nominated for an Inspirational Mother award.

OUR SPECIAL MUM: Dawn Raynor with her sons Ethan, left and Callan

By Julie Morgan

Dawn Raynor, who has teenage twin sons who are disabled, started the Give Us a Break campaign as she is “passionate about giving families with disabled youngsters a lifeline.”

She learnt about the nomination on Tuesday night and was “gobsmacked’’ as she will be travelling to London this Saturday for the ceremony.

Dawn said: “I was stunned as I don’t do this for awards. However, I am honoured to be nominated and looking forward to the ceremony.’’ She will be travelling with her husband, Peter, and hopefully, some friends and supporters.

The Inspirational Mother Awards, whose patron is TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, will be held at the Mayfield Hotel. Their aim is to “acknowledge inspirational mothers’’ and raise money for the Caron Keating Foundation. Caron, who died of cancer in 2004, was Ms Hunniford’s daughter.

Dawn was nominated by family friend, Dr Chris Hall. Describing her for the award, he said: “Dawn is very driven and will turn her dream of a short break centre into reality even though it will probably come too late for her own family. She manages to do all of this in addition to holding down her job and constantly caring for her boys. The hardship seems to drive her even more to achieve her dream.”

The Give Us A Break charity has currently raised around £160,000, with around £200,000 in pledges and gifts in kind for the West Cumbrian centre.

Dawn and her supporters are working on a business plan to pull in match funding, and are looking for land to build the centre.

She said: “I want the place to be right, to be a holiday for the children. It needs to be somewhere where they can have fun, make mud pies and build dens. I want them to have the freedom to be children.

“I would also like to thank our amazing supporters as we could not do this without them and thank you from me personally to Give Us A Break 2010 team.”

To learn more about the charity and their upcoming events or to donate visit www.giveusabreak2010.org

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